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Social, Emotional & Mental Health

        If your child has difficulties with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, they may need support with:

  • Attendance
  • Attention and listening skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Managing anger
  • Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Life outside school


        Your child may have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, Attachment Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - please                 see our section for ASD within Communication and Interaction.


       All pupils at St Nicholas are entitled to, and receive Inclusive Quality-First Teaching though a broad and balanced                       academic and social curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated to meet individual learner needs.

       This is achieved through:

  • Highly skilled teachers and well-trained support staff who are dedicated to your child’s academic, personal and social potential
  • Appropriate learning challenges, matched the National Curriculum guidelines
  • Differentiated learning challenges through:
    • Extending or reducing challenges
    • Varying the amount of adult or peer support given to complete the challenge
    • The way a learning challenge is delivered, completed and achieved. E.g. visually (looking), practically (doing), orally (speaking), aurally (listening).
    • Different resources to complete learning challenges
    • Different outcome of the challenge
  • Multi-sensory approach to learning challenges
  • Visual aids to support attention and listening skills, classroom organisation and language and concept development
  • Reward systems
  • Modelled language through repetition, emphasis and expansion
  • More thinking time
  • Writing slope boards, pencil grips and coloured overlays for reading
  • Appropriate seating plan
  • Talking partners & Peer support
  • Jigsaw programme delivered through our PSHE curriculum
  • Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning
  • Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion and Teaching & Learning Policies


Additional Support

Your child may benefit from:

  • Behaviour support
  • Buddy System
  • Social Stories
  • Playground support
  • Access to quiet areas
  • Family Support
  • Pastoral support and guidance from a key member of staff


SEN Support

You child may access:

  • Drawing & Talking intervention
  • Playground support
  • Access to quiet space at break times
  • Individual Reflection Boards
  • Social Stories and Comic Strips
  • Technologies to support listening & attention and anger
  • Pastoral support during lesson time
  • Lego Therapy
  • Small group Social Skills and Friendship programmes
  • Support from the School Nurse
  • Referral for Counselling sessions
  • CAMHS referral
  • Support, advice & training from specialists